Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-7080

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING LEGAL PROTECTIONS FOR PERSONS ENTERING PASSENGER MOTOR VEHICLES TO RENDER EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN.

Vote Date:

3/10/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/24/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Rep. Carpino, 32nd Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

This Bill is in response to recent events where children have been left in cars in warm weather. Children have faced serious injury or in some cases death when exposed to extreme temperature conditions. The bill would give immunity to any good Samaritan who enters the car by force and protects the good Samaritan against any potential civil damages or criminal penalties when rendering aid.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Submitted

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Matthew Tyszka

The passage of this bill is necessary to allow protection to Good Samaritans who assume the responsibility for rescuing children in risk of serious injury or death due to hyperthermia. Children are often left in a sealed vehicle in extreme heat and are unable to save themselves. Suggestion for an amendment is to provide protection for animals in similar situations.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

The CTLA believes that the preservation of a child's life is extremely important, especially if there are signs of imminent danger or serious bodily injury. However, oppose this bill in its current form because it attempts to immunize actors from liability for reasonable conduct that would never create liability against them in the first place.

Reported by: Christopher Hamilakis

Date: March 13, 2017